Monday, July 27, 2015

Joyce Kilmer National Forest with Dan Pittillo and Ila Hatter - July 20, 2015

Our leaders; Dan and Ila

Background and history


Painted Trillium fruit

Getting ready to hike

Hannah joined us

Ila brought yummy snacks

Little Santetlah Creek

Little Santetlah Creek

Big rock in Little Santetlah

Up we go

Yellow Birch Tree
Dan's photo with the Old Chestnut Tree....more to come about this from Dan from the past.

Here they are:
 Downed & decaying chestnut at site likely described by E. Lucy Braun's 1950 book as 70% chestnut cove hardwood forest

Clair Newell's plot view uphill just below wildflower burn Nov 1999 
Clair Newell's second growth plot before fire; diverse ground seedlings likely product of birds roosting in trees and dropping seeds, in June 1995 
 Denton footpath above wildfire burn Nov 1996 
Large downed chestnut just below Denton footpath 1995 
Chestnut log in 1999 with dendrology class 

- Rich Cove site above plaque where groups split for bushwacking or Poplar Cove 
Tsuga canadensis in 1996; died 2000 and topped soon afterward by USFS fearing injury to visitors

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tim Spira introduces his new book, Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians

Tim Spira's program was held at the library in Franklin.  He presented an overview of his new book, Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians.  This book provides a detailed guide to 30 waterfall hikes with good to excellent seasonal wildflower viewing along with the profiles of 125 plants.  It's a book you will want in your backpack as you explore the numerous waterfalls in this area.


 David Fann's photos show this program at the library

Wayah Bald Plants with Larry Mellichamp - June 20, 2015

Jean reports:
It was an honor to have Larry Mellichamp come from Charlotte to give us a new appreciation of our “backyard” - Wayah Bald and surrounding trails.  He helped us see the diversity of fauna in this beautiful area with new eyes.  The native azaleas were the focus of the trip:  Rhododendron calendulaceum with its range of color from pale orange to dark red and R. arborescens with its white flowers and sweet fragrance, but as our photos show there was much else to see - and learn.  And finding Ginseng at the end of the was “icing on the cake.”’
Thanks to Larry for a wonderful day in our mountains.

Photos by Karen Lawrence:

Beard Tongue


Jean's photos 
Bowman's Root, Gillenia trifoliata

Goatsbeard, male. Aruncus dioicus

Columbine, Aquilegia

Carrion Flower, Smilax herbaceous

Sweet Azalea. Rhododendron arborescens

Wayah Tapestry

Flame Azalea, Rhododendron calendulaceum

Goatsbeard (female). Aruncus dioicus

Ginseng, Panax quinquefolios

Doll's Eyes, Actaea pachypoda

Dogbane. Apocynum cannabinum

from Kathy Stilwell

Putica grandiflora

Viburnum cassanoides